We all know them; Some of us love them. Kylo Ren sure did … good old Winkie Palpatine-Skywalker. Or that would have been her name if George Lucas had made the choice. While Rey ended up with her now infamous name, a long list of options were considered before she got the now famous nickname. Lucasfilm's creative manager Pabli Hidalgo recently published his book, Star Wars: Fascinating Facts. The most intriguing fact is definitely this "Winkie" business.
In the book, Hidalgo reveals, “In George Lucas' original outline, (Rey) was a 14-year-old girl named Taryn. In its subsequent iterations, it would be called Thea for short and, believe it or not, Winkie. If the writer / director J.J. Abrams came on board, he simplified the names to placeholders … Thea became Sally … as the film neared production, Sally became Kira (who stayed as the production code name), then Echo and finally Rey. "
We're not going to lie, Kira and Echo have a real sound, but there is something about Winkie. Perhaps it could still debut in the Lucasverse as the child's name. That seems much more appropriate. What's your favorite name for almost Rey?
Laurén Alexa produces social media and entertainment Blurbage for AWN.